June 13, 2016 by James Lindquist
I watched the movie “Castaway” last night starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. I understand that I may be the only person left in the world who hasn’t watched this movie but now I have seen it and have joined the ranks. Any movie with these two marvelous actors in it is going to be good, and Castaway was no exception. If I may, I’d like to draw your attention to the last scene where Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), has just delivered the final Fed Ex package to its recipient, the packages with which he was able to rescue from the sea when he was marooned.
Having lost his girlfriend, Kelley (Helen Hunt), to marriage due to his four year plus absence on a deserted island, Chuck finds himself at a virtual crossroad, where a north/south road intersects with an east/west road in the middle of nowhere. The countryside is so flat; you can see the next state over, in all directions. With an unsure future in front of him having nothing or anybody, he is left to his own devices, and apparently limited by his own imagination and or desire.
Everyone encounters many crossroads in their life. Crossroads are nothing more than a place of decision where we can choose the direction of our life. Some decisions will be major and some decisions, not so much. The Bible is very clear in hundreds of Scriptures how to choose the right way . Here is my favorite.
v5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
v6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – [Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV]
At the end of Castaway, it is left up to our imagination as to which way Chuck decides to go, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. We can rest assured that if we follow the Lord’s leading, we will have chosen the right way.
v12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. — [Proverb 14:12 KJV]
v14 Let all your things be done with charity. — 1 Corinthians 16:14
v12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil. – [1 Peter 3:12 ASV]
Choosing a right road can become quite a challenging ordeal sometimes. It can paralyze us into standing still and not going forward at all, tormenting us because of the lack of decision between our mind and heart. Then, when we finally make that decision, we wonder if it was the right one or not. So do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, and choose your road and route wisely.
Life’s journey is nothing more than a road on which we travel and depending on the direction we have chosen to go, we’ll eventually get to our destination. There are many dangerous directions we can choose to travel. God gave us the free will to do so.
As we journey down our chosen road of life, we might ask ourselves, “What road am I traveling on? How will I get to where I am going? Is this the best road and route to travel? What is my final destination? Am I going in the right or wrong direction?” So if we end up where we don’t want to be, remember who chose the road on which to travel in the first place.
This is an introduction to a new book I am writing on this subject. Until then, happy traveling or as Roy Rogers used to say, “Happy trails to you, until we meet again.”
 Genesis 32:24; Proverbs 14:12; Isaiah 30:21; Jonah 1-4; Matthew 26:36-42, and many more.